So Much to Experience!

Central College
812 University
641.628.9000 (Information) or 877.462.3687 (Admission Office)
Central College is a 4-year private, coeducational, liberal arts college.  Central has 1,635 students and offers bachelors degrees in areas including 36 majors and other pre-professional programs.  Central has two buildings that are LEED certified. The campus also boasts the Cox-Snow Recital Hall, the Kruidenier Center for performing arts and Mills Gallery for art exhibitions.
Cordova Observation Tower
1378 Hwy G-28
Otley, IA 50214
All year 7:00am-8:00pm daily
Tallest observation tower in a public park in the midwest—106 feet tall, 170 steps to the top.


Douwstra Auditorium
812 University Street (Central College campus)
Pella, IA 50219
Venue for lectures, concerts and programs.


Frisian Farms Cheese House
2098 Fisher Ave.
Leighton, IA 50143
Small farm specializing in artisan Gouda Cheese production. By appointment.

FRISIAN FARMS CHEESE HOUSE was recently honored by Travel Iowa as a “Made in Iowa” destination!  Watch video!  #thisisiowa


Horn’s Ferry Bridge
198th Place, near the Howell Station
Marion County’s first wagon bridge over the Des Moines River. The structure’s northern remnant is used as an observation area for viewing overwintering bald eagles.


Iowa Speedway
3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
Newton, IA 50208
Includes year-round racing in NASCAR, Indycar, driving schools and live concerts.


Half block east of square on Franklin Street
Eight four-foot mechanical figures perform at regular intervals to the music of a 147-bell computer driven carillon.  This is one of only a handful of animated musical clocks in the United States.
Klokkenspel plays: Monday-Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at the top of each hour from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Knoxville Raceway
1000 N. Lincoln Street
Knoxville, IA 50138
25,000 seat half mile track. Home of the legendary Knoxville Nationals each August plus weekly races Saturdays April through October. Two classes of sprint cars, 360’s and 410’s.


Half block southeast of square
The Molengracht, which means “mill canal”, is a complex of 5 buildings that combines 21th century entrepreneurial spirit with Old World charm.  The plaza includes a canal, drawbridge, hotel, resaurants, tri-plex movie theater, Pella Window Store, professional office space, and underground parking.
Open: Year around


National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum
One Sprint Capital Place
Knoxville, IA 50138
World’s only museum dedicated to preserving the history of big car, sprint car and super modified racing. Open year round.



Pella Historical Village/Vermeer MillVermeer Mill complex gorgeous sky
507 Franklin Street, PO Box 145
The Vermeer Mill is an 1850’s working mill and is the tallest in the United States.  Guided tours at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.  Adjoining the windmill is the Historical Village with colorful flower gardens and a complex of 21 buildings that depict home life in Pella from pioneer days to the early 20th century.  The boyhood home of Wyatt Earp is located within the Historical Village.  The miniature Dutch Village, with over 100 buildings replicating villages in Holland, is a delight to all.

Open: March through December
Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm; Tours begin at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; Tours begin at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Group Tours, National Register Historic Site, Admission Fee


Pella Opera House
611 Franklin Street
The Pella Opera House: It is about history . . . It is about the performing arts . . . It is about special occasions . . . It is about meetings, dinners, and exhibitions . . . It is about tours . . . It is Pella!  Built in 1900, this historic treasure features a Barton vintage organ and an ornate tin ceiling.  The theater seats 324.
Open: Monday through Saturday
Group Tours, National Register Historic Site, Admission Fee


Pella Visitors Center
815 Broadway Street
Pella, IA 50219
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
Complimentary Information on Pella, Marion County and many Iowa communities


Red Rock Dam
1105 North Hwy T-15
Knoxville, IA 50138
By appointment for organized groups.
The Red Rock Dam was built to reduce flood damage along the Des Moines River. Tours offer a glimpse inside the structure and its history.


Red Rock Visitor Center
1105 North Hwy T-15
Knoxville, IA 50138
March-Octber, open by appointment Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 9:30am-6:30pm. In addition to the exhibits and the observation patio’s great view of Lake Red Rock, the center’s staff and volunteers are available to provide lake information. Red Rock was the first permanent river town in Marion County and received its name from the red sandstone, which is nearby. Today Red Rock lies beneath the lake.


Rolscreen Museum
102 Main Street
The restored Pella Depot is a transportation site used to portray items of historical importance to Pella Corporation.
Open: Monday-Saturday (excluding holidays) 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Register Historic Site


Scholte House Museum & Gardens
728 Washington Street
The Scholte House, built in 1847, displays the life of Pella’s founder; the 22 rooms are carefully laid out for self guided tours.  The garden’s bloom with tulips in the spring and annual flowers throughout the summer.  The bronze sculptures celebrate Pella’s Dutch immigrants.
Open: May through September; Monday-Saturday from 1-4 p.m.
Maria’s Tea Room: Monday-Saturday by reservation only. Seatings at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Group Tours, National Register Historic Site, Admission Fee


Tassel Ridge Winery
1681 220th Street
Leighton, IA 50143
Tour the winery and vineyards; taste award-winning wines; picnic on the terrace; shop for wine-related items, local cheese and more in the gift shop.


Tuttle CabinTuttle-Cabin-Front-View
607 Lincoln Street
The Thomas Tuttle Cabin is the residence of the very first settlers in what would later be established by Dominie H.P. Scholte, as Pella.  Built in 1843, it remains in its original location as the oldest residence of our community.  Tours by appointment only, Admission fee

Tulip Toren
Downtown Square
Pella, IA 50219
Built in 1968, measures 65 feet tall.


Van Wijk Winery
802 4th Street
Sully, IA 50251
This boutique winery is a historically-rich hidden gem for intimate weddings, corporate or family events. Call or check out our website for the current schedule.


Vermeer Corporation Global Pavilion & Museum
1210 E. Vermeer Road
Pella, IA 50219
Mon-Thurs 8:00am-4:00pm; Fri and Sat by appointment.
The museum chronicles the history of Vermeer Corporation and the development of its industrial construction, environmental and agricultural product lines, as well as the community which it is in.